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TSA News May 2017 Volume 35 Issue 5
Jill Hoskins of Brentwood Springs will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, May 18 Rainbow Catholic Interfaith Coali- tion / Tri-State Alliance meeting, being held at 6:30pm at St. Lucas United Church of Christ, 33 West Virginia Street in Evansville. She will discuss suicide prevention awareness. Father Steve Lintzenich will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, June 15 meeting of the organization.
Royalty at the 16th Annual TSA Pride Prom were In Between Victoria Brownfield of AIS, Prom Queen JJ Frymire of AIS and Jordan Frymire, who are pictured with 18 year old TSA Youth Group member Skylar Fox Julian. Over 1,000 students attended. Next year’s prom has been scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Suicide Prevention Awareness to Be Discussed at May 18 RCIC / TSA Meeting
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A USI fraternity is working with the Tri-State alliance to help out members of the LGBTQ community. Members of the Sigma Pi Fraternity held a car wash at the Burger King on Evansville's west side.
They told us this is the first time they've ever raised money for a cause similar to this. A freshman came up with the idea. All proceeds go toward the Tri-State AIDS Holi- day Project.
The Tri-State AIDS Holiday project helps families affected by HIV and AIDS.
TSA Thanks Ri Ra Irish Pub of Evansville for hosting the birthday party of Kelley Coures, an annual benefit for the TSA Pride Prom. Pic- tured is Ryan Costello, the new Ri Ra General Manager. He is from Boston with family roots from Ireland. Please visit Ri Ra Irish Pub in the Casino District of Evansville, 701 NW River- side Drive.
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March 24, 2017 Dear EVSC School Board members, The Tri-State Alliance has long been concerned about the inclusion and affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students by EVSC. This became even more of our focus after the suicide of an LGBT teenager in front of Central High School in January 2017. EVSC Superintendent David Smith responded to this crisis at a press conference on the Friday after the suicide. During the press conference he did not mention the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender once. The school corporation had oth- er agencies present to talk about suicide and violence, but no LGBT agency was represented. In response to this we began a letter writing campaign to school board members asking them to instruct the superintendent to address LGBT bullying issues. In the ‘response’ to the letter writers, the superintendent and school board president did not use the words Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. In our opinion, the needs of LGBT students were again not acknowledged by EVSC administration. TSA RECOMMENDATION ONE: The Tri-State Alliance respectfully recommends that the EVSC School Board instruct EVSC leadership to meet with the leadership of the Tri-State Alliance when a major incident or concern occurs involving an LGBT student, as other agencies are included in a collaborative manner. In reviewing the EVSC web site before today’s meeting, we have also noted the cor- poration’s non-discrimination policy in terms of employment. The policy is: Non- Discrimination Policy: It is the policy of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corpora- tion not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, veteran status, national origin, age, limited English proficiency, or disability in its programs or em- ployment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Law (I.C. 22-9-1), Title IV and Title VI (Civil Rights Act of 1964), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973). TSA RECOMMENDATION TWO: The Tri-State Alliance respectfully recommends that the EVSC School Board amend the above policy to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the EVSC employment non-discrimination policy.
We have also attempted to meet with Dr. Smith, Dr. Gray and Marcia Stacer in the past. It often has taken the intervention of an EVSC school board member to get any of them to agree to meet with us. This usually takes 6-8 months to get a meet- ing even scheduled (CORRECTION it took 10 months). All such meetings were to discuss the inclusion and affirmation of LGBT students in EVSC schools. TSA RECOMMENDATION THREE: The Tri-State Alliance recommends that the EVSC School Board instruct the superintendent to establish an open door policy to meeting with those concerned about the inclusion and affirmation of LGBT stu- dents. The best way to address the inclusion and affirmation of LGBT students is through professional development training. And based on the statistics I have presented in the attachment, training on working with LGBT students can be considered suicide prevention training. TSA RECOMMENDATION FOUR: The Tri-State Alliance recommends that the EVSC School Board instruct the superintendent to initiate the following training schedule on working with LGBT students, and that the training include a brief presentation from the Tri-State Alliance about services available to LGBT students and the needs of local LGBT students. The scheduled is as follows:
All EVSC School Principals and upper-level EVSC administration: Professional Development Training to be held within 3 months of today.
All EVSC school teachers: Professional Development Training to be held within 12 months of today.
All EVSC staff: Professional Development Training to be held within 24 months of today.
We hope and encourage EVSC to take a more proactive stance about meeting the needs of ALL students INCLUDING its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender stu- dents. It is my hope that the EVSC School Board will institute these changes to help prevent future tragedies. Sincerely, Wally Paynter, President Tri-State Alliance, Inc. PO Box 2901, Evansville, IN 47728
TSA’s March 24, 2017 Letter to the EVSC School Board
YOUTH RESOURCES: Group shares ways to create safe learning environment for LGBTQ students
By Jessica Mitchell, special to Courierpress.com
It is important for school counselors and educators to have access to tools and support that will help them create a positive, safe learning environment for all students. At a recent youth conference, I was able to listen to a panel of teens from Prism Youth Community in Bloomington, Indiana speak to youth professionals about creating a supportive and safe environment for all students. Prism is an inclusive space for youth ages 12-20 supporting students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The group holds weekly meetings, special events and field trips and educates people about LGBTQ issues through service and outreach with underserved communities. Something that really stuck with me was the simplicity of a statement one of the youth speakers made during the question and answer session at the end: Remember that the comfort of non-LGBTQ students, parents, and teachers should not reprioritized over the safety of LGBTQ students. The group provided information on how teachers, counselors and youth workers could help create a safe learning environment for LGBTQ youth. Embrace teachable moments. Make the most of teachable moments to reinforce guidelines and build social skills such as listening, conflict resolution, friendship and diversity. Interrupt hurtful teasing and name-calling when it occurs. When students use words like gay or queer as putdowns, they are using these words to hurt, exclude, intimidate or bully. To create a safe atmosphere, ensure this kind of talk is stopped and educate students. Do not ignore the be- havior, excuse the behavior, or base your response on how upset you think the bullied student is. Support the bullied student by maintaining their privacy, listening, determining their needs, providing space, and offering ongoing support. Help students build support systems. Identify teachers, counselors and administrators that will be supportive of LGBTQ students. Communicate these sup- port staff to students, so they can feel safer in the school environment. One student mentioned than one of the most helpful things a school can do is create a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or similar student club within the school. Assess for safety outside the classroom. Be aware of whether students feel safe beyond the classroom, such as in the lunchroom, on the playground, in gym class, in the restrooms and on the school bus. Engage adults in charge of those areas in discussions about safety of all students. Likewise, advocate for parental support. It can be difficult to support a student in the classroom when they are not supported in the home environment. Consider advocating for a parent support group or workshop, where parents of LGBTQ children can share their feelings and experiences, and learn best parenting practices